A big thank you to Mary Jane for sharing the following news with me:
Friends, relatives, Priests, Religious on the east coast? Please let them know about the Opening Mass in Baltimore at the Basilica, main celebrant is Archbishop O'Brien on May 19 (tuesday) at 12:10 PM. All are welcome!
Press Release from Father Byron Miller, C.Ss.R. ,
National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.
DEVELOPMENT IN THE SEELOS CANONIZATION CAUSE
It is with great delight and glory to God, that Most Reverend Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, has confirmed the date of May 19, 2009, to celebrate the Opening Session in the Diocesan Inquiry into an alleged healing through the intercession of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. The results of this investigation will be sent to the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints in Rome for their consideration. If this healing is miraculous, it may lead to the canonization of Blessed Seelos.
The Opening Session of the Diocesan Inquiry will be celebrated with a special Mass at 12:10 p.m. in the historic Basilica of the Baltimore Archdiocese ( 409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore MD 21201 ).
The Archdiocese of Baltimore will then begin the depositions of key witnesses – including that of a daily Communicant from St. Mary’s (Redemptorist) Church, Annapolis , who attributes her healing of metastasized esophageal cancer through Father Seelos’ intercession.
In 1844, Father Seelos was ordained in Baltimore . He ministered at St. Alphonsus in Baltimore, Saints Peter and Paul in Cumberland and at St. Mary's in Annapolis . In Cumberland and in Annapolis , he also served as prefect of Redemptorist seminarians. He distinguished himself in this position by his constant availability to the students in their needs, by his unfailing joyfulness even in very difficult circumstances, and by his careful concern that the students learn solid Catholic doctrine. Above all, he sought to instill in the students a great enthusiasm for untiring self-sacrifice in promoting the spiritual and temporal well-being of the people they would be called upon to serve. He contracted yellow fever in New Orleans while ministering to the stricken. He died on October 4, 1867. He was beatified by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in Rome on April 9, 2000. He was the only North American to be beatified in the solemn Jubilee Year.
Let us pray for God’s continued blessings on this exciting advancement in the Seelos Cause! For more information, 504-525-2495 or 2499. Blessed Seelos